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Archive for June, 2013

Archival Tour de France

June 30th, 2013

I dream of a sports channel that broadcasts sporting events from the past.  While I’m aloof to the running of the 100th edition of the Tour de France, I’d love to watch 50 year old coverage of the race. While I cannot provide you with live footage of the 1963 tour, here is some print ephemera and vintage figurines (via the Spoke Sniffer archives) for restaging your own race. If you prefer moving images, I recommend you watch the greatest cycling film ever made: Louis Mallee’s short documentary, Vive Le Tour (1962)

Shopping from ebay – Vintage Swimwear

June 24th, 2013

Poolside wool in Coral Gables (via Florida Memory Project)
When I was a student in Seattle, the University pool leased out woolen bathers for day use.  This was 1990.  I’m pretty sure the school stocked their supply from the municipal pool in Buster Keaton’s The Camerman.  If you’re shopping for your very own vintage suit, I advise that you browse the listings on ebay.  A recent search produced many handsome models.  My favorites are those made by the Portland, Oregon based Jantzen swimwear company.  The company’s logo – a swan diving lady – is in desperate need of reissue.
Keaton’s bather
Note accessory rubber bathing shoes


Archival Release – Hollows Leather Belt

June 21st, 2013

Our newest collaboration with Hollows Leather, based in Minneapolis, is our Archival Leather Belt in waxed harness leather.  Like all of the products out of Nick’s workshop, this belt is stylish, durable and built to endure.  This one is made from 11 oz russet harness from Wickett & Craig in Pennsylvania, abrasion-resistant waxed nylon and a raw-brass Japanese double garrison buckle.  Heavily waxed harness leather works great for belts because it holds up well to the elements, needs infrequent care and is both thick and flexible.  The edges on Nick’s belts are beveled and finished with beeswax.  It should last you a lifetime.   For more details or to place an order, visit our Archival Web Shop.

Archival Rolled Sleeves

June 20th, 2013

I’m not a big fan of summer weight garb.  I much prefer to modify my standard winter wardrobe of woolens and long sleeve cotton shirts for warmer weather  Why buy cotton poplin or linen or gingham for the abbreviated northwest summer (July-August) when you could just roll up your sleeves for the same degree of ventilation.  The Art of Manliness offers this detailed style guide for best practices on rolling your sleeves.  For exemplary examples from the archives, see below:


Archival Intern

June 17th, 2013

Sadly, we’re saying to goodbye to Lauren Brookhart, our plucky Archival intern.  Lauren has been tremendous help in monkey arming bags for product photography and authoring many of our new hero shots.  We wish her the best of luck with her post graduate adventures in the Bay Area.  Evidence of participation below: